Mapam Expected to Stay in Alignment

Mapam is expected to vote overwhelmingly in favor of continuing its alignment with the Labor Party at its convention which opens here tomorrow. The main issue will be the nature of the alignment which Mapam insists cannot remain as it has in the past.

Meir Tolmi, secretary general of Mapam, said three resolutions will be introduced. One calls for closer ties with Labor and another for looser ties. But both demand regular consultations between the partners and fewer decisions by majority vote in which Mapam, the smaller faction, invariably emerges the loser. A third resolution, supported by a minority of Mapam members, advocates termination of the alignment. But this is not given much chance of adoption.

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